CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children and means that all Americans ages 6 months and older are ... Read More

HRSA Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline (HELP4MOMS)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a brand new Maternal Mental Health Hotline (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS). This new hotline is confidential and toll-free and is designed for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges. The hotline is staffed with counselors available to provide mental health support. Moms can call or text the hotline to connect with a counselor at no charge. ... Read More

Preparing your maternal and neonatal units to respond to COVID-19

Upcoming Webinar: Preparing your maternal and neonatal units to respond to COVID-19: Practical guidance from a front-line hospital California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative will be hosting a webinar on preparing your units for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 24th, and have also launched a website with COVID-19 resources for maternal and infant health. The panel of experts will briefly present the ... Read More

WV Medicaid Services Memorandum on Telehealth COVID-19 and News Link

View Original Memorandum : Telehealth COVID Precautions Message from Cynthia Beane, MSW, LCSW, Commissioner: "Due to the World Health Organization declaring Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic, the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) is allowing all telehealth services listed in the BMS policy manual, and the temporary telehealth services approved during the COVID-19 pandemic, referenced in BMS release memos, ... Read More

FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency

The WV Bureau for Behavior Health  would like to share the following  information from SAMHSA on OUD Prescribing and Dispensing during the COVID-19  emergency: 5600 Fishers Lane • Rockville, MD 20857 www.samhsa.gov • 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing answers ... Read More

Drug Free Moms and Babies Abstract Presented at APHA 2018 Conference

This past fall, Dr. Christa Lilly, PhD presented at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and expo in San Diego, California. Her presentation was titled “Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project: A rural, Appalachia pilot project to support healthy baby outcomes.” The Drug-Free Moms and Babies Project (DFMB) pilot program (4 sites; … Read More

Suboxone may be safer for women in pregnancy

By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter See the Original Article In a recent study examining the safety of addiction treatment medications, West Virginia University faculty found that Suboxone may be safer for pregnant women and their babies than methadone or Subutex. Faculty members Laura Lander and Patrick Marshalek examined the medical records of 26 pregnant women who were prescribed Suboxone, a ... Read More

Joint Commission will require hospitals to use specific naming conventions for newborns

By Maria Castellucci | June 27, 2018 (Click for original article) The Joint Commission starting next year will cite hospitals if they fail to use specific naming conventions to identify newborns. The new requirement, which will begin Jan. 1, is intended to mitigate the possibility of misidentifying newborns, which can lead to serious medical errors. Misidentification of newborns can result ... Read More